Meek Mill says he privately apologized to Vanessa Bryant after he name-dropped her late husband Kobe in a new song.
The controversy began last week when Meek’s collab with Lil Baby, “Don’t Worry (RIP Kobe)” surfaced online.
In the track, Meek references Kobe’s tragic January 26, 2020, helicopter crash by rapping, “Yeah, and if I ever lack, I’m goin’ out with my chopper, it be another Kobe.”
After the song went viral, Vanessa released a statement on Instagram Story calling the lyric “extremely insensitive and disrespectful.”
“I find this line to be extremely insensitive and disrespectful. Period,” Bryant wrote. “I am not familiar with any of your music, but I believe you can do better than this. If you are a fan, fine, there’s a better way to show your admiration for my husband. This lacks respect and tact.”
Tuesday on Twitter, many social media users believed Meek brushed off the drama when he wrote, “I don’t think we on the same signal y’all .. I don’t see what y’all see... I be looking at the net laughing like I did [what].”
“I say random ---- all day on social,” he continued. “it becomes a trend to hate on me every once in a while but I feed off that ---- ima beast literally.”
However, Meek later clarified that this tweet was not about the backlash he received for his Kobe lyric. He also said he apologized to Vanessa earlier that day.
I apologized to her in private earlier today not to the public...Nothing I say on my page directed to a internet viral moment or the family of a grieving woman! If you care about someone grieving change the subject!— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) February 23, 2021